Investigation Continues 25 Years After Lockerbie Bombing
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Saturday marks 25 years since the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
On December 21, 1988, the 747 bound from London Heathrow to JFK Airport exploded and fell out of the sky over Lockerbie, Scotland.
All 259 people on board were killed, including 35 students from Syracuse University and 38 passengers from New Jersey, as well as 11 people on the ground.
Only one man, former Libyan intelligence agent Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, was convicted of planting the bomb that brought the plane down and jailed in 2001.
To the end, al-Megrahi insisted he had nothing to do with the bombing and was released and returned home in 2009 on humanitarian grounds, saying he had three months to live because of prostate cancer.
In 2003, Libya took responsibility for the bombing, agreeing to pay up to $10 million to relatives of each victim.
Families of the victims have continued to pressure investigators to keep digging for clues and other accomplices.
“I know agents who are working the case, and they are dedicated to up-turning every stone, to make certain they pull out every piece of information and evidence that may lead to more persons being charged.” said former FBI director Robert Mueller.
Back in March, there were reports stating FBI agents were meeting with senior Libyan officials to determine exactly who was behind the bombing.
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